Junio 24, 2017

World game's biggest match to decide Champions Trophy title

18 Junio 2017, 03:06 | Gerardo Tarin

Pakistan outclass India to win ICC Champions Trophy

Pakistan outclass India to win ICC Champions Trophy

"I don't see any relevance of the first game because you can never tell how a particular team starts a tournament", he told reporters.

The Champions Trophy was always intended as an interim competition, something to hold the interest of cricket lovers while they impatiently awaited the next World Cup.

Asked why India had generally come out on top in big-tournament meetings in recent years, Arthur said: "I think the difference is exposure to massive pressure situations".

India's captain Virat Kohli, meanwhile, has urged his team to forget the drubbing they inflicted on their old rivals in the group stage ahead of Sunday's final. After battling back in the next games against their opponents, the Pakistan team has managed to reach the final now.

"The turnaround has been magnificent", he said. "They've been really special".

Like Pakistan, India has tried to treat the final as just another game.

He said: "Beating England the way we did showed just how much talent there is in this side".

"If we focus on our skills and our abilities and believe in ourselves, we'll give ourselves a chance to do some good things". But the biggest plus for India in the tourney has been their pace attack which has bowled with pace and venom to run through the batting order of most of their opponents.

"Sri Lanka batted exceptionally well there". 'PSL has helped Pak players cope with pressure' Pakistan's South African coach Mickey Arthur said on Saturday, while outlining that the "major difference" between India and Pakistan was "exposure to pressure", that the success of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) could help close this gap. 'But I don't think we've exceeded expectations at all. But few would dispute that India-Pakistan is now the world game's premier contest-certainly not the ICC who, by their own admission, now fix the draw at their events to ensure the Asian giants meet in the group phase. "It was humiliating how badly we lost that match and we can turn things around now", he added. In-form Indian batsmen Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have also helped their side look capable enough of chasing any target. Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed: "Defeat at Edgbaston is history now. The more relaxed you stay in these kind of situations, the better". "Our batting is not that good when compared to our bowling options", he added.

The aim is to "stay in a good zone" which requires one to spend quality time with himself rather than social media, feels Kohli.

Both the teams have some experienced players, who are wonderful cricketers, and they will need to bring all their experience in the Champions Trophy final. It's easy to decipher that India are better than Pakistan.

In the last two encounter between the two sides, India inflicted a crushing 124 run victory over Pakistan at Edgbaston, Birmingham on June 4. Pakistan, on the other hand, have also lived up to their "unpredictable" standards, with their comprehensive wins over South Africa and Sri Lanka after the first game debacle against Kohli & Co.

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